I know what you’re thinking … “Another list? Jeez!” But, whatever. It’s combining two of the things I like most … music and movies. Growing up in the 80s and on MTV, the channel was always on when I was home. There was something alluring about waiting for your favorite song/video to come on and just watch it in awe. Some you watched because you loved the song, others you watched the video on mute just for the cinematic experience. I don’t even know what MTV airs anymore, since giving up on it in the mid to late 90s. Yes, there are a ton more than this to choose from (hell, David Fincher and Spike Jonze have done more than 100 combined). Here are some of the best/my favorite/random music videos directed by some of the greatest filmmakers out there. Some you might not even have known about.
These are the 100 Greatest Music Videos Directed by Famous Filmmakers.
61. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark | (1984)
Directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables)
A year after the release of Scarface, De Palma shot the opening date of Springsteen’s Born in the USA Tour (mixed with pre-recorded footage from the day before) and introduced the world to Courtney Cox.
Other videos he’s directed: None
69. Arrested Development – United Front | (1994)
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Shooter, Southpaw)
Other videos he’s directed: Shanice – Saving Forever for You; 3 Doors Down – Citizen Soldier
68. Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray | (1993)
Directed by Spike Lee (25th Hour, Summer of Sam)
Queen Latifah, Eazy-E, Monie Love, Da Youngsta’s, Kris Kross, Tupac Shakur and Run–D.M.C. also make appearances in the video.
Other videos he’s directed: Kelly Rowland – The Game; Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us
67. Faster Pussycat – House of Pain | (1991)
Directed by Michael Bay (Armageddon, The Rock)
You’d never know this was directed by the king of blowing shit up.
Other videos he’s directed: Vanilla Ice – I Love You; Great White – Call It Rock ‘N Roll
66. Prince – Let’s Go Crazy | (1984)
Directed by Albert Magnoli (Street Knight, Purple Rain)
The first of two Prince/Magnoli collaborations on the list. This one features a lot of footage from Purple Rain.
Other videos he’s directed: Prince – Partyman & Scandalous
65. Stone Temple Pilots – Sour Girl | (1994)
Directed by David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night)
Sarah Michelle Gellar, was a huge fan of the band and stars in the video.
Other videos he’s directed: EMF – Bleeding You Dry; Starsailor – Poor Misguided Fool
64. The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Lump | (1995)
Directed by Roman Coppola (CQ, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III)
God I hate this song.
Other videos he’s directed: Matthew Sweet – Sick of Myself; Phantom Planet – California
63. Soul Asylum – Runaway Train | (1993)
Directed by Tony Kaye (American History X, Lake of fire)
There are over one million youth lost on the streets of America.
Other videos he’s directed: Johnny Cash – Help Me; XTC – King For A Day
62. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll | (2009)
Directed by Richard Ayoade (Submarine, The Double)
There’s a dancing werewolf and red glitter for blood. What more do you need?
Other videos he’s directed: Kasabian – Vlad the Impaler; Arctic Monkeys – Cornerstone
61. Live – Lightning Crashes | (1994)
Directed by Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys, American Woman)
Son of Ridley Scott. I honestly never knew he directed this until doing this list.
Other videos he’s directed: Cypress Hill – Stoned is the Way of the Walk; The Rolling Stones – Out of Tears
What did you think of the selection so far? What are some of your favorite music videos directed by filmmakers?